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Published: 18:05 | 3/4/16

Rosberg triumphs as Hamilton takes third

German 17 points ahead in standings

Nico Rosberg recorded a comfortable victory in Sunday’s race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, while his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton, finished in third place.

Hamilton, starting from pole position, was beaten off the line by Rosberg, who consolidated his advantage through the opening set of corners.

The reigning champion was struck by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas in Turn 1, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo also involved in the incident.

Hamilton, however, recovered well to produce a series of overtaking manoeuvres, but he was unable to hunt down Kimi Raikkonen late on in the fight for second place.

With Sebastian Vettel having suffered a terminal engine failure on the formation lap, Raikkonen’s podium finish provided Ferrari with significant cheer, the Finn battling back from a poor start that saw him drop to fifth.

Ricciardo finished fourth despite his early troubles, while the Haas team continued its fine beginning to life in Formula 1 by utilising a highly aggressive strategy to help Romain Grosjean to come home fifth.

Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen drove well to finish sixth, a place of ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who performed valiantly on Sunday after a disappointing qualifying performance had left him in 15th place on the grid.

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Bottas took eighth and ninth respectively, with the Brazilian being overtaken by Kvyat on the penultimate lap, while Bottas fought back after receiving a drive-through penalty for causing the first-lap clash with Hamilton.

McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, in for Fernando Alonso following the Spaniard’s dramatic Australian Grand Prix crash, came from 12th on the grid to secure the final available point in 10th place on his Grand Prix debut.

At the top of the Drivers' Championship standings, Rosberg’s victory - the German also won the second-opening race in Melbourne - leaves him 17 points ahead of Hamilton.

The former Williams man has now won the last five races, having been victorious in the final three events of last season.

Bahrain Grand Prix result
Pos. Driver, Team, Time/Gap

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1hr33:34.696
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +10.282s
3. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +30.148
4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +1:02.494
5. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +1:18.299
6. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, +1:20.929
7. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, +1 Lap
8. Felipe Massa, Williams, +1 Lap
9. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, +1 Lap
10. Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, +1 Lap
11. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, +1 Lap
12. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, +1 Lap
13. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, +1 Lap
14. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, +1 Lap
15. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, +1 Lap
16. Sergio Perez, Force India, +1 Lap
17. Rio Haryanto, Manor, +1 Lap
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Not classified/retired
Driver, Team, Laps Completed
Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 29
Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 10
Jenson Button, McLaren, 6
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 0
Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 0

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